Memory loss after surgery

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Memory loss after open heart surgery is called "pump head", referring to being on the heart/lung bypass machine. It can cause memory loss, or even complete personality changes, and is thought to be linked to the speed at which they rewarm the body after surgery...if done too soon, there is a shift in the blood flow to the brain. some people come out of surgery, and they just aren't "quite right". The other possibility is the anti-depressant...
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My question is how long can I assume the memory loss is due to the surgery and when should I begin to feel concerned? During the weeks before the surgery I noticed some "loss of memory" but I thought it was the stress of surgery since the Aneurysm was found while trying to get clearance for a LapBand Surgery. My husband had no symptoms at all and originally did not want to undergo the procedure.
After coratid artery surgery, experiencing memory loss which is not consistently short term or long term, is it possible for the brain to reconfigure areas damaged by particles that passed through the filter and regain the ability to remember? This discussion is related to <a href='http://www.medhelp.org/posts/show/294638'>short term memory loss</a>.
Johns Hopkins researchers who have been at the forefront of this field reviewed the evidence on short-term and long-term mental changes after bypass surgery. They found that short-term confusion, memory loss, and poorer problem solving and information processing are common after bypass surgery, but are usually temporary and reversible. Most people return to their pre-bypass level of function between 3 and 12 weeks after surgery.
Losing a whole day, and having some memory problems for awhile after open heart is not that uncommon. What he might be going through is problems with his meds. You can take a list of all of them to your pharmacist to ask what the possible side effects are. I'm a little surprised his Cardio Dr has'nt thought about this. Or has your husband not mentioned the memory problems to his Dr yet?
I'm a volunteer in a critical care cardiac unit, and memory loss is quite common after bypass surgery. Usually memory function returns, but not always about events that took place close to the surgery. Be patient and continue to re-assure your loved one. Keep us informed.
in all these memory losses, she lost most of her memory but remembered few persons which were important to her. her last memory loss was occured on 28th august, 2009 due to another surgery meant for cleaning out the tumour from her whole body. this time she dun remember ANYTHING except one person. is there any chance of recovery of her memory? also i wanted to know that if she lost her memory, is it gone forever or can she be able to remember any part of it after another memory loss?
But doing this resulted in side effect like shrinking of brain leading to memory loss. He is in critical condition now. Is there any solution for this. If yes, please give that advice fast.
In 2007 he had a hip replacement done and ended up having 3 operations within one week because of complications. My question is could the buildup of medications etc cause him to now have memory loss, language skills loss and tremors in his right hand. He walked in to the hospital on crutches and now is dependent on a wheelchair.
After she stopped taking the pain medication (oxicodine) she has memory loss. At first it was little things, but now she does not know what year it is, how old she is, or that she just had surgery. She does have some memory, like she knows who me and my sister are and what she does for work. Another symptom is that she says her body is soar, like she lifted a bunch of weights. We are looking for any type of input/advise. Her doctors have been doing every test and scan.
it is the temporary memory loss, impaired vision and slurred speech observed right after surgery in many heart bypass patients. The underlying cause for the after effects is not clearly known but usually clears up in few months. I hope this helps, and if you have any further questions or comments you are welcome to respond. I wish your father well going forward.
I thinks that memory loss is a pretty normal thing after bypass surgery. It does get better though as time passes.
I had major memory issues after surgery 10 years ago. It is now so much better but I worked at it. I read that doing puzzles like crosswords, word search etc help. I did them a lot! I used to have a photographic memory & that is long gone, but it has improved a ton. I used to be driving & had no clue where I was. I could not remember simple words for things. It was scary. Now I can remember most things. I do use a lot of post its tho to make sure I remember appts etc.
Has anyone experienced memory loss after their heart attack? Is this the meds or aftereffects of the MI? I'm having lots of trouble after returning to work with dates, appointments, names. Is this temporary and should I tell the doc? I'm taking Plavix/Metaprolol/Lipitor/Niaspan/Asprin/Dilantin. Should I see my neurologist for safe measure?
Hello, Short term memory loss after brain surgery is more common than you might think. Let me break this into a two part answer, first the basic info about standard approaches, and second, what I have seen happen over the years working with patients that had brain trauma from different sources; First, Rehabilitation after brain tumor surgery that results in memory loss typically involves psychotherapy and cognitive therapy.
After finishing up with surgery, 4 rounds of chemo & 30 rounds of radiation I am now taking Femara. I am wondering if this drug in any way effects the memory, or thought process. I have been having a lot of memory loss and confusion when speaking. It's like I know what I want to say but sometimes can't seem get the correct words out. Any help would be much appreciated.
He reads text, travels, meet people but nothing remains in memory after 2-3 days even after repetitions. Over the last some months his cortisol levels were noted to be 4-5 times the normal. Also having a feeling of heaviness & pain over the areas above ears. MRI report showing nothing. Neurologists are of the opinion that this could be a hippocampal damage or pseudo-dementia. His routine has also got a lot difficult & he notes everything in his diaries.
Hi, I hope you get more responses because I'd like to know the same thing. I really don't thing they cause Alzheimer's or Dementia but memory loss can be quite varied in degree. I've been on Xanax .5mg for anxiety, agitation, depression for about 2 years. About 6 months ago I've found that my memory is profound compounded by disorientation. Like you, I lose things break china and glassware regularly. Don't know the day of the week the date and even the time of day.
Of all the drugs on the market, this drug has the highest incidence of memory loss in users. As to whether memory loss due to the use of Xanax is permanent, there is still not enough data to make a definitive conclusion and is still being researched. In the simplist terms, they don't know yet whether your memory loss is hort-term or permanent.
- extra weight around the middle, bladder incontinence, menopause, memory loss, fatigue - I don't know many 27yr olds who have to deal with all this! Hopefully it will ease up soon and I'm pretty sure once I get my HRT figured out, I will stop sounding like a broken record!
When the blackness cleared, i wasnt clear for 30 seconds what happened. Basically a 30 second memory loss. I AM CONFUSED and a little worried as well. I do work a lot and obviously due to work, i can say that stress is there. But, i seriously dont think i should have a stress attack at ejaculation. Secondly, I do not trust the Danish medics. Some of my closed ones have experienced worse due to the Danish medics unawarenss of the diseases and patients.
In your brother's case, it seemed that his recent memory is lost but with an intact remote memory. This condition will improve in time. What your are doing now to improve his memory is beneficial. Just be patient. Good luck.
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